Thursday, May 26, 2011

Boat Work Completed

Terri and I worked on the boat from Wednesday May 18 to Monday May 23.
Nicole also made it to the boat from her downtown Kingston apartment on a few occasions and helped out.

It was a busy 5 days with the following work completed:
-decommission and remove existing Seafrost engine driven refrigeration and 120V ac shore power assist refrigeration
-install new Waeco Adler Barbour Super Cold Machine 12V refrigeration along with power duct kit to ensure a source of cold air is available from the bilges and any heat generated by the compressor is removed
-remove helm seat and rebed all fittings under the helm seat including 2 engine room cooling vents (intake and exhaust), inspection port for hydraulic fluid, inspection port for top rudder bearing
-decommission and remove existing Raymarine Autohelm 6000 autopilot including course computer, linear drive and connection to steering quadrant unit, control head and fluxgate compass
-install Raymarine SPX30 course computer, Edson tiller arm direct to rudder shaft and long linear drive unit, flush mount ST7002 control head, fluxgate compass and rudder position sensor
-remove old lifelines and install new 316 ss wire lifelines
-install sails, bbq, lifesling etc.
-install ships bell
-replace existing running lights with LED's

In the course of doing each job we found many old wires, hoses etc that were not in use and these were all removed. For every job we did it seemed like there were 3 others that were completed that are not included in this list.

The refrigeration system works very well and can make ice cubes on a setting of 4 ( of 7) or higher. In the 15-20 degree weather we were having the system used around 25-30 Ah / day.

On the afternoon of May 23 we took the boat out into 25 knot winds to do a sea trial of the new autopilot.
The system worked flawlessly as it went through its training routines. The only issue was the inability of the system to determine the deviation setting which could be the result of the large magnetic deviation / declination in the Kingston area or the rough conditions. Ideally this is done in calm conditions. This calibration dtep will be redone in better conditions.
In any case the system performed flawlessly in the roughish conditions.

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